what is ikea? Answered

Ikea hacks?

Asked by artcobain 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


any one ever seen an ikea hack for a toy work bench?

I was searching ikea hacks and i came across the most adorable little girls kitchen. my girls are too old for that, but i would love to find something to make a toy tool bench for my son. the ikea near me is an hour and a half away, so i am trying to get ideas before i make the trip. thanks so much.

Asked by audballsays 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


ANYONE know how to repair a leg on a IKEA BOLIDEN chair leg??

Hi a large tipsy guest fell onto my chair and split one of the 'feet' . It's an ikea boliden chair, which is the type that consists of moulded plywood arm rests and leg/foot all in one that are joined by a wooden strut across the bottom sorry it's not a very good description. the pic isn't an exact replica the arm/foot is more curvy.

Asked by mrsthursday 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Has there ever been an "Ikea MOD contest" on instructables? Answered

Wouldn't it be cool if instructables paired up with Ikea for an Ikea mod contest !  Ikea - Swedish for super sweet!  It could be based on the most awesome use of Ikea items modded to another purpose or perhaps to increase its coolability, dunno.  just a thought

Asked by iminthebathroom 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Instructables forms a partnership with IKEA Hacker

Instructables is very pleased to announce that we've formed a partnership with IKEA Hacker. Jules, who runs IKEA Hacker, is a new member of the site, and I expect we'll see great things of her and the IKEA Hacker community.This is a great chance for Instructables users to gain even more exposure, and for IKEA Hackers everywhere to show the world how they do things. (IKEA-esque stick figure drawing encouraged, but by no means required.) Every Instructable added to the IKEA Hacks group will be syndicated to IKEA Hacker.Please extend the IKEA Hacker folks a warm welcome to the site.

Posted by jeffreyf 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago



No sewing slipcover?

Hello, I am Elisa, from Venice (IT). I don't know well english. I have a question: can I made an original slipcover for my "solsta pallbo" (ikea) no sewing? What you think about the felt? Thank you, Elisa

Posted by elisamu 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


How to build the LHC

If you found the Instructable on operating the Large Hadron Collider a bit complex, Ian O'Neill has provided much simpler assembly and operating instructions. Thanks to Physics World for posting this where I could find it!

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


IKEA Furniture

It would be interesting to hear about peoples experiences of IKEA and the furniture they sell. I live in Spain and regularly visit and buy from the IKEA Murcia store. I was reading the reviews on a website I stumbled across the other day which made me think. The site is http://www.madaboutikea.com and they review all manner of IKEA stuff and the stores as well. What do people think?

Posted by easyflatpax 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


The Ikea Chicken Coop

Ikea has served humans so well with its affordable home furnishings, but what about the chickens? Urban chickens want some of that Scandinavian style too and who are we to hold them back? That's why Aaron Bell and wife Corinne created this new chicken coop that is largely made from four different Ikea items. Check the link below for more details. Ikea home for chicks via make

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Ikea Space Challenge

I was one of the Ikea Space Challenge winners and I have received everything except the Ikea gift card for $200.00. Am I supposed to have it or is it still coming? I received everything else. Thank you, Pat House

Posted by phouse 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Cool IKEA Standing Desk Hacks

My coworkers and I lately have gotten into the standing desk craze but don't want to pay $600+ for a desk online. We rounded up some cool hacks from other sites using IKEA furniture parts. Check it out! http://priceonomics.com/desks/ikea/#standing-desk -Daniel

Posted by danonwire 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


I entered into the Ikea space contest. I tried as a not signed in viewer, and again signed in.Where is it?

I entered my images for the ikea space contest. I did receive an email confirming my entry was excepted.  When I tried to view the pictures online, I did not see my entry at all. I tried to view it as guest (not signed in) and again while signed in. No sign of my entry. What happened to it, and am I still entered into the contest. Without the ability to view my picture, no one can vote for me.

Asked by rolandacali 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Ikea Hackers -- How does one deconstruct an EXPEDIT shelf?

I have a 5x5 EXPEDIT shelving unit from IKEA. It is AMAZING. But now I need to first MOVE the shelf, and then I plan to hack it (adding LED's to each box! I'm excited!) Here' s a  link to show you what this shelving system looks like: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/09064/ My question to this AMAZING community is this: How the heck do I deconstruct this thing such that I can move with it? This is made of compound/particle board (I believe) and held together with little wooden nubs (sorry I have no idea what these wood nubs are called) which are hammered into pre-drilled holes. Any help is appreciated!  

Posted by gigijiji 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


hack our research project!

Are you an IKEA hacker? Do you chop up or modify things that you buy off the shelf at IKEA or Home Depot? Two Berkeley PhD students in the midst of a research project on creativity would love to talk to you. We will conduct interviews by instant message or email within the next two weeks. We are especially interested in people who live in or nearby Chicago, Illinois, Portland, Oregon, or the San Francisco Bay Area--if possible, we would love to meet with you in person at IKEA! To help us with our research, please email Jonathan at jbean@berkeley.edu. I will get back to you right away. Please forward this message on to anyone you know who might help with our research. Thanks! Jonathan

Posted by bean research 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


How to dye previously dyed material from IKEA?

I have a couple super large slip covers that some one gave me from IKEA that I want to change the colour of, they are both the same "indecisive light yuch green ".  I want to go to a plum colour.  The label says 100% cotton and not to use bleach, so.... of course I added tons of bleach, thinking this would strip out some colour. I tried to do that in the washing machine with just copious amounts of bleach, and to my surprise no colour washed out!  It is a light green, so was thinking a crazy vibrant purple may be strong enough to change the colour, but am afraid it may go some weird gray-purple-brown colour instead.  Any pointers would be great thanks!  Yeah, I know, do a test strip... trying to save a step based on someones experience.

Asked by iminthebathroom 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Looking for Materials for Custom Sized IKEA Kassett Boxes (Desk Organization)

I used to have a 7" x 10.5" x 3" cardboard storage box to put miscellaneous items from Ikea but they no longer make that size. The box looks like: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/10153238/ I have looked for alternative products but none were the same low price or the right size, other examples: http://www.snap-n-store.com/index_trading_card_storage For the materials, the cardboard is no issue, just have to find the right thickness (and maybe laminated) but there are things that I do not know where to find:  - The metallic label holder  - The metallic lining around the lid  - The short nut/bolts used for assembling it (will look at Home Depot)  - (optional) Metallic corner covers I was wondering if anyone made a similar box or would know where to get the material (or easier, buy it at less than $5 each...) Thanks!!

Posted by knightdaemon 6 years ago


Play with IKEA DIODER and Arduino Answered

Hi everybody ! I have an Ikea DIODER that I want to drive with my arduino UNO. I'm quite noob with electronics and i'm looking for some help ;) When I opened one of the for lamp, I saw 4 spots marked R, G, B and M (or W?). If I test voltage between the M spot and another one, I can read "14V". So, I'll have to use the original power supply of the dioder because arduino can only deliver 5V max, am I right ? My main interrogation is, how will I use the 0 -> 5V (with analogWrite() on pmw port) to get 0 -> 14V to power lamps. I thougth to use some NPN transistor but I'm not sure this will be a great idea... If some of you guys have some tips for me, you will make my day ! PS : as french guy, I'm sorry in advance for my bad english... :s 

Asked by ArthurB24 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Automated lighting inside wardrobe?

I'm in the middle of custom building a fitted wardrobe.  So far, I have hacked an Ikea PAX Wardrobe to fit into a wall with a custom shape.  The issue I am now facing is how to do the lighting.  On the right side, I have 3 shelves which I want to underlight, and on the left side, there are 2 rails. I had a look at the Ikea wardrobe lights, however they are motion activated, which is no use since the motion sensor would be blocked. Does anyone know how I can rig up some LED strips to maybe some sort of reversible magnetic switch that can be mounted on the doors, or some sort of other solution.  I would need all the parts though, and don't even know where to start. Any suggestions?

Asked by K20Evo 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


IKEA Bathroom furniture hack...can you help with the legs?

I have an old set of drawers from IKEA for the bathroom. It has three drawers, and I think we bought it 15 years ago. It's laminate but I sanded it and painted it. The legs, however, are wooden blocks with metal screws that come out to adjust the height of the piece. The screws were once covered by metal covers. Here's a pic of a kitchen thingy that has the same thing (yes, too lazy to go take the pic, wait for it to go thru with dropbox, etc.). I've lost three of the four metal covers so all you see is the wood coming down then a longish screw. What I thought I'd do is make somewhat flat polymer clay "stones" that stack with the screw that goes through them. I'd have to bake the clay with the screws, the "stones" in a stack, to make it work. I had originally thought of using regulare stones and driling holes in them but It would be a disaster---they all need to be the same exact height or the cabinet will be wobbly. Do you think I can do this?

Asked by notalis1970 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Cooling an Ikea PS cabinet?

I'm trying to cool an Ikea PS cabinet, with about 6 hard drives in it, as well as a Mac mini server. Ideally, the doors would be closed, but that obviously increases heat. Looking for ideas on how to cool with minimal noise.http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/00100194?ddkey=ProductDisplay?

Asked by 9 years ago


Cooling an Ikea PS cabinet?

I'm trying to cool an Ikea PS cabinet, with about 6 hard drives in it, as well as a Mac mini server. Ideally, the doors would be closed, but that obviously increases heat. Looking for ideas on how to cool with minimal noise.http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/00100194?ddkey=ProductDisplay?

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Office - Under Desk Accent Lighting? Answered

I have two of the Mikael Ikea desks which I use for my computer setup in my office/bedroom, the room has a four color scheme of red, green black and silver. I was hoping to add accent lighting underneath each of the desks, preferably blue or green. I wanted to know your opinions of what type of lighting or methods to use? Ideally it would cost under 50 pounds.Desk in question : http://s2.thisnext.com/media/230x230_no_border/IKEA-Desks-MIKAEL_51B37A9B.jpg

Asked by cosgrove 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


bed frame around a bed? Answered

I have an old pine bed that I don't like so I want to make more modern by building a modern looking ikea bed around it or onto it would this be possable if so can you point me towards where I would find out how to or can you tell me.

Asked by BrianBrianBrian 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


What can I make with IKEA slatboards? Answered

I found these on the street, but beach wood color, perfect condition wood, any ideas?http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60160217

Asked by martin1013 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


how can I drill into Ikea aluminum frame to add knobs without breaking tempered glass?

Help! I need to drill into an Ikea aluminum door frame to add a knob. I don't want to break the tempered glass. Thanks

Posted by judyb52 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Interview with IKEA on Sustainability

I knew about IKEA's cutting of costs with flat packing, but it's cool to hear them talk about dealing with several different issues of sustainability. ideas: - save on resources, save on environment - looking to use more renewable energy, even producing solar and wind energy themselves. Goal of 60% renewable by 2009 - thinking of biofuel transport - trying to get more local suppliershttp://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2007/02/27/ikea/index.html?source=biz

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago


Voting for IKEA project contest in progress....

The voting has begun.  Vote for your favorite workspace, or just vote for your favorite ibler, in either case, we need votes (those of us with only a few, but genuine friends, won't win, but at least we have made the attempt). 

Posted by Goodhart 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Another IKEA server rack!

I just saw this: an industrial-strength server rack built out of a Helmer filing cabinet. This guy was using it to create Linux server cluster for 3D rendering. Pretty awesome.(I made the super-cheap, half-height one out of Corras side tables.)

Posted by nagutron 10 years ago


Make Magazine: Copyright infringement? Or just bad manners?

I just got my copy of Make magazine through the door, issue 11.I had a quick flick through, and I saw something remarkably familiar on page 141 - a spherical speaker array based on a pair of red Ikea salad bowls. Just like this Instructable, posted here over four months ago and a finalist in the laser-cutter contest. In fact, it's the same thing.Is there any mention of Instructables? Not a jot. I'm assuming that the author of the article, Michael F. Zbyyszynski, is our own mzed, but wouldn't it have been nice to mention that the make isn't a Make magazine original? That we had it first?I'm not getting at mzed here, I place the blame firmly on the editors of Make.But, without shelling out for eight back copies of Make, how many other articles in Make have been lifted directly from this site, without credit to the site?

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


Be a caveman with Swedish style!

I saw this on the MAKE blog: Helmut Smit is an artist/designer. This brilliant Ikea Hack "harks back to one of humanity's basic needs: making fire." As Ikea does not sell matches or lighters, Smits has taken cues from the wartime necessity of burning furniture to keep warm, and created a fire from an Ikea rope, hanger, wine rack, egg cup, napkins, and floral embellishments. Since embedding doesn't seem to work consistently here's a direct link to the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzXOVbYUamc

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Wifi Ikea dioder

Hi everybody I want to find out if someone has already try a mi-light product such as this one https://www.amazon.fr/SOLMORE-Mi-Light-Contr%C3%B4leur-Efficace-Guirlande/dp/B012WJ02WW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid;=1443648405&sr;=8-3&keywords;=mi+light Cause I wonder if it can be plug with an ikea rgb dioder http://www.ikea.com/fr/fr/catalog/products/00192363/ making them very easy to use a group of them using only one remote Thanks everyone !

Posted by david.manciet 3 years ago


Do you have IKEA hack ideas?

Hey! I'm Jules and just wanted to let you know that there is a fun contest happening over at ikeahacker. And you don't even need to really hack it. Just want your ideas! Post your doodles / drawing for IKEA hacks (like my ugly drawing below :)) here and you can win prizes. Hope to see your ideas real soon!

Posted by ikeahacker 11 years ago


Is an IKEA pine bed frame safe enough for the environment and durable enough to re-purpose into a raised plant bed?

I've had this bed frame from IKEA for 6 years now. Its almost entirely cheap pine, and I won't be needing it as a bed anymore. I do need a raised bed for plants outside and was wondering if this would safe enough for the environment and also be durable enough for the elements?

Asked by rwseven80 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Will This Work: Ikea ODDA wall cabinet converted to low bookcase

I'm new to Ikea hacking (or any sort of furniture construction for that matter), and have an idea of what I want to do but am unsure if it will work. I need a low, long & shallow bookshelf and after scouring the web for ages & coming up empty-handed I decided to look for pieces I could hack . . . Et voila! I came across Ikea's ODDA wall cabinet: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10120573 I would like to stack/fasten together two of these units and add either casters or hairpin legs ... I'm thinking it will most likely be too heavy for the hairpins & I'll need a support for the middle of the unit. This is all speculation, of course, having never done this before. If anyone has any advice, it would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Posted by rachelnyc 8 years ago


deconstructing HEMMA light socket end

Does anyone know how to take apart the socket end of IKEA's HEMMA light "fixture". I'm sure it's easy, but so far it has me stumped. I'm trying to shorten the cord's length.

Posted by iankhammond 9 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Ikea RAMVIK Coffee Table Arcade Mod

I'm in the purchasing phase to begin building a new arcade modded coffee table.  I have most everything figured out, my only issue is an idea a friend of mine expressed to me tonight and that is a "spring loaded latch" to serve as a means to, when first pushed in, release the monitor from being held in place on the table so it can be more conveniently angled towards the viewers, and when pushed in again, to latch it back into position (flush with table top). My problem is,  I have no idea what these things are called or what they look like. I'm fairly certain "spring loaded latch" is the appropriate terminology, but not completely sure as everything I'm seeing looks entirely foreign to me. I've included a terrible, terrible MS Paint version (I literally spent ~5 minutes on this) to kind of show what I'm going for. I want it flat on latch, angled at release. Spring loaded to push it forward upon release, but locking at the end point (say 35 degrees). This will be my first mod, and I absolutely HAVE to do it as my wife thought it was cool enough to allow for our living room piece. So, to reiterate, my question is: What is the name of this piece that latches/releases upon pressing? Is there one viable for something as heavy as this monitor (21.5" IPS LED Monitor)? --- Also, if anyone has any suggestions, please do share. I am a total novice but my father is a woodworking aficionado (though my intent is to keep this as exclusive to my own efforts as possible).  When I finish this piece, I will absolutely include a step-by-step instruction PDF. Thanks, Eric

Posted by bowserpunch 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


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Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Recycling Vinyl Albums as shelf cabinets

Hey guys, My good friend is a graphic designer and music lover. He has a great project for those of us with vinyl album covers with great art. If you're like me, your album covers are collecting dust and no one gets to see the art, but he put together a design that allows you to use your covers as art as part of a book shelf cabinets. He's very close to meeting the funding goal for his prototype on kickstarter -- any support from the community would be much appreciated http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/305436801/rekordit-records-are-beautiful (especially if this is something you want but think it would be too complicated to make yourself -- as is the case with me :p ) - LMNH

Posted by Look_Ma_No_Hans 6 years ago


Is Ikea the only place that recycles incandescent light bulbs as well?

CFL bulbs need to be recycled properly due to mercury content, and there are many places: Park districts, hardware stores, Ikea, etc. that recycle CFL bulbs. However, I haven't found any place that recycles incandescent bulbs, I searched online and they say, they don't contain any toxic chemicals and can be thrown in trash and not curbside recycling. However can't the glass be reused to make new bulbs? I am sure they can reuse the glass, and the filament is probably too hard to recycle but the glass could be. I know Ikea recycles incandescent bulbs as well, but why aren't there any other companies that do? Also LED bulbs, I guess dead LED bulbs can either be returned to manufacturer if it has warranty, or in electronic recycle.

Posted by ADRIANT28 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago


Ikea hack with magnets

Hey guys!I just bought myself a Ikea PS laptop workstation. I thought it was heavy enough to stand on its own, turns out it isn't. I don't want to drill holes on the wall, I thought about using magnets to give balance to it.Questions are:- can I do that? I mean, magnets to hold a metal structure plus using that to hold electronics such as laptop, DS, camera, mobile etc.- in case I can, which sort of magnets should I buy? The open lid on the Ikea PS supports up to 25kg/55lb, plus 15kg/32lb from the PS itself. There will be support underneath to hold the weight (thought about using glass jars, grouping three on each side, totaling six), so the magnets will mostly add balance to the structure, and not hold its entire weight.Thanks a bunch for taking the time to read this! A good day to all.Cheers,Diogo Slov

Posted by slov 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Screw broke inside ikea beddinge how to get it out?

One of the screws that holds the bottom frame together (long metal bars) broke inside the bar, its about 2-3 mm inside and i cant get pliars or anything around the screw to pull it out. Anyone else have come across this and have a potential solution, I'd be very appreciative!

Asked by LasseM1 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


Need substitute hardware for Ikea tall Pax wardrobe

I was able to get the pieces for a Pax wardrobe from the "As Is" department. I figured crumbly fiberboard was worth $11 (versus $90). Now I need work-arounds for the hardware to match their rather strange assembly directions. Does anyone have any suggestions of where I can find equivalents/better replacements? Any help greatly appreciated.

Posted by wlfsdrgn 11 years ago


where can i by the sigfrid bracket (24X28 cm).?

In Ikea Canada, they have become inexistant. Anyone wanting to sell his/hers? I need one.?

Asked by 9 years ago


Forums are a great idea for fledgeling projects

THis way we don't clog up the area for completed projects with half-baked ones. Great work guys! They are simple and sexy. Did you guys buy these forums at Ikea ???

Posted by mikesty 12 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Where does one find gutted electronics "shells?"

If you've ever been to IKEA, then you've probably found that the expensive electronics in the mock-up rooms (TV's, computers, etc.) aren't real, and are just plastic shells. I'd love to get my hands on a couple of laptop shells, leave them out in public, and see how long it takes for someone to try and steal one. The problem is, IKEA won't sell them to me! Does anyone else know a way to get a couple? Update: I managed to get an employee at Wal-mart to give me a fake mobile phone, but I need more.

Posted by carbon 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


Any ideas for an easy diy open top dining table/ desk ?

Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm looking for an easy to make open top table (like ikea's Vika Veine) for each member of my family.  If i could get 4 or 6 spaces put together, that would be GREAT!  We could use it for work and school (open) and then just close it when we are ready to eat.  I'm a novice and would love to get some instructions on building this...would it be possible to do with ikea's LACK tables...using 8 and then adding legs and some hardware?

Posted by hudsoncs 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Instructables in the New York Times -- Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed

Instructables, member mzed, and his Low-cost Spherical Speaker Array all were mentioned in Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed by Penelope Green at the New York Times. ..."I think there is a movement around looking at all the products that are available -- this global stream of stuff -- and realizing you can tinker with them and rebuild them," said Michael F. Zbyszynski, 36, the assistant director of music composition and pedagogy at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley, whose own hack is a speaker array made from red plastic Ikea salad bowls, and who has made other musical objects from PVC plastic and coffee cans that "live in the zone of the hack," he said."It's all about not accepting what's presented for sale as it is," Mr. Zbyszynski said, "about not just doing a 'paint by numbers' of your life."...ReadyMade is part of a universe of D.I.Y. media and forums where Ikea hacks appear and are then found by Ms. Yap, who links her blog to them. It's a universe that includes Make magazine (more science than design-geeky, for the handmade-robot set) and Web sites like instructables.com, which was created by M.I.T. Media Lab alumni as a forum for its users to share knowledge about how to make or do practically anything, including, as a glance at the home page the other day revealed, a quick banana nut bread and "hacking a toilet for free water." Mr. Zbyszynski's speaker array, with its goofy "Lost in Space" aesthetic, first appeared there.See more news mentions of Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


Cross-braces for wooden shelves

I want to make cross-braces for wooden shelves I built  using 1x4 stanchions, 1x12 shelves, threaded rod between the stanchions to hold the shelves up and the whole thing together, from an Instructables project. Ikea sells the perfect thing http://ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/87749600/  except it's too short and there's no Ikea in town; I mention it for the example it provides.  These http://www.storeroomshelves.com/storeroom_shelves_bracing/storeroom_shelves_bracing.htm look good too, and are cheap, but are 700 miles away. They don't need to be strong: I anchor the stanchions to the wall; I need them to hold the shelves up when I mantle and dismantle them.  They do need to be thin because the shelves are against the wall.

Posted by RandomTroll 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


Little girl's bedroom with Hacked-Ikea bed

My two year old outgrew her "Princess Toddler bed" and it was time to move her to a regular bed. She has gone from Cradle, to interim playpen, to crib, to fire truck toddler bed (because it was the one with the highest sides we could find when she started jumping out of her crib at 10 months), then to princess bed.. Even though the rest of our house is decorated using modern decor, I really wanted to keep the "French" theme I did when I originally setup her nursery... Because this was her 6th bed, the thought of spending $899 and up for a bed in this category (and not even made out of wood) I got discouraged and decided to buy an inexpensive IKEA bed. When I arrived at IKEA and started looking through the options, again I decided to hold off and not buy anything. As I was leaving the store, I found various items on sale. One of the items was an unfinished bed, for $30!!!! The bed was low to the ground like we needed it. The unfinished wood was not something I wanted, but for $30 I could live with it. At home depot, I purchased decorative wood applique's for the headboard and the foot board ($12 for both). On my way to the cash register I discovered that home depot sells pre-fab unfinished table legs. These legs would make perfect posts for a bed!!! I glued the appliques, screwed and glued the legs in. Then I went online and ordered Milk Paint (non-toxic, no smell, natural paint) in cream and also in white... A few days later it arrived, and I was able to paint the entire bed in about 2 hours (with re-coats). I am very happy with the results. Her room is "a work in progress, her bed is done.

Posted by SniperEve 11 years ago | last reply 7 years ago